Last week I attended the first stop on Kris Carr's book tour at Jivamukti Cafe for her new book, Crazy Sexy Diet. It's easy to develop a girl crush on Kris the second she starts speaking. She's relatable, authentic, inspiring and super smart! I couldn't wait to dig in to her beautiful new book and hear about her experiences with a raw, vegan diet. When I left I went straight home to tear into the shiny, gorgeous, newly-autographed book, The 21-day adventure cleanse at the end is the cherry on top!
Before I go any further, a bit of background: With a raw foods diet, Kris Carr overcame her cancer diagnosis and is living a rockin' healthy life with her illness completely at bay. For more about Kris Carr, click here . How? Very simply put, the Crazy Sexy Diet is primarily an anti-inflammatory diet. Cancer cells live off crap which creates inflammation in the body. A mostly raw (or lightly cooked) diet full of whole grains, veggies (especially leafy greens), some fruit and healthy fats provides the vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed to keep you anti-oxidated and inflammation free ... aka vibrant and healthy. There's a lot more to it than that, but all the more reason to READ THIS BOOK!
I don't know about you, but I used to think a raw foods diet meant downing excessive amounts of avocadoes and cucumbers for lunch without ever experiencing satiety. Not the case. The more I eat a raw and vegan diet characterized by tons of veggies (especially leafy greens), green juices and smoothies and of course, some raw chocolate ;) the better I feel.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not into labels so I don't classify myself as a raw foodist, or even a vegan, but I DO try to incorporate elements of this diet into my own way of eating - every. chance. I. get.Why? Because it makes me feel out of this world fantastic - physically and mentally.
Here are just some of the benefits
Clear, glowing skin
But I am realistic - and human -- and there are those times when my body needs some wild caught fish or I'm out with friends and just want to taste a french fry (or two) or a bite of cake (or three) or another glass of wine. I allow myself this on occasion and make peace with it.
While I've been making more and more of an effort to eat a mostly vegan diet, this book has inspired me to take it just a bit further
Eating vegan five days per week/ when at home
Drinking a green juice daily
Adding dry brushing to my daily routine
Being more cautious of my drinking water
Now for some inspiration I often sing the praise of vegan meals on this blog. Here are some of the raw/vegan meals I've posted/tweeted about in the past
Raw lunch from One Lucky Duck and a green juice
Edamame hummus made at the MWAH! Easy Entertaining Cooking Class
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Nori wraps with leftover brown rice, hummus, arugula and avocado
Have you experimented with a plant-based diet?
If you've read Crazy Sexy Diet what resonated most with you and how have you incorporated it into your lifestyle to create a Crazier Sexier You?